A rally to save Sheepshead Bay High School when it faced closure in 2010.

You may have heard rumors that Sheepshead Bay High School is closing down to be replaced by four smaller academies operating under one principal. That is not the case, and no decisions have been made, but the school still faces a major overhaul.

The Department of Education is proposing to reform the Sheepshead Bay High School using the “turnaround” model. This means the city will rename the school and replace the principal and 50 percent of its teachers.

(There will be a public hearing on this proposal on March 28. The full information on the hearing can be found at the bottom of this article.)

The school stands to gain $1.55 million in federal funding from the School Improvement Grant program using this model.

Unlike other reform models, this does not mean they’ll be a flood of students pushed out of Sheepshead Bay High School and into other schools. All students will be automatically re-enrolled in the new school, which will also stay in line with Sheepshead Bay High School’s current programming of five Career and Technical Education programs and special education services.

The turnaround model means a dismissal of all of its teachers, who are then invited to reapply and interview for their jobs. The new administration is permitted to rehire up to 50 percent of the old teachers.

It’s not the first time the school has been on the chopping block, most recently protesting in November 2010 to stay open – a battle it won. The school’s principal also vowed to fight for her job.

We recently wrote about how the same model will soon be deployed at nearby William E. Grady High School, despite drastic improvements in recent years.

Similarly, Sheepshead Bay High School has been improving – though not as severely – in certain areas. The school’s overall grade dropped from a C to a D in the most recent progress reports. However, the school has demonstrated steady improvements over the past three school years in its first-year student achievements, graduation rates, regent diploma rates and attendance.

There will be a public hearing on this proposal on March 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the school (3000 Avenue X). Written comments can be submitted via e-mail to D22Proposals@schools.nyc.gov, and oral comments can be left at 212-374-0208.

The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on the proposal on April 26.

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  • TonyDanza

    They should close it. One of the worst high schools in the city.

    • Anonymous

      I agree – close the “old” SBHS, open up charter schools and enroll decent, hard working students.  It’s hard to believe that this generation cannot spell, speak or write correctly.  How many times do I see the word THE spelled TEH (constantly!).  These kids are our future, and they are not being taught.  Let the cream of the crop in, and place the poor students in the other public schools.  I’m sorry to be so mean, but I DO worry about the future and want it in the hands of people who know what needs to be done.  Get rid of these poorly rated schools, and/or get qualified teachers.  I know a few teachers here, and believe me, they need to go  back to high school.

      • Bklyngyrl11

        i agree with you but i also have to say that parents have to be like their childrens 2nd teachers, noone can or should expect that it will and should be ALL on the teacher, parents also have to do their part in helping to educate thaeir children, and when the parents dont care than the kids wont care and that will carry into the classroom and when that happens the teachers job will be for nothing..speaking for the good teachers of course..

        • brooklyn native

          And I agree with you – that parents should be held accountable/responsible for their own children (seems like such a basic of common sense) and yet – the public school system is being held accountable. 
          Maybe if the burden IS actually placed on the parent, they might think twice before having little Johnny…..  (i don’t know if I’m being sarcastic or not).

          • Bklyngyrl11

            not sarcastic LOL but true for those who arent ready or prepared..

      • Ed

        How does sending the troubled students somewhere else solve anything. It just passes the problem on and makes it worse. It’s clear that you have no actual understanding of the problem.

  • nolastname

    The school needs something. Seems this might get everyone back on track. Twenty years late but at least it’s a start. 

  • NSF

    Wow, this is sad for SBHS alum. By the way, the 1964 graduating class play, presented on March 20, was called, “Bye Bye Birdie.” 
    Nearly forty eight years later that title rings with truth.

  • http://www.google.com/ F_a_b_a

    Not a single kid wearing Mets or Yanks hat. No wonder that school is in such poor state.

    • tinman

      That’s what you think is a major problem?

  • Chrisie

    It is about time that they closed “Horror High”.

  • MARAMPATA

    Unlike other reform models, this does not mean they’ll be a flood of students pushed out of Sheepshead Bay High School and into other schools. All students will be automatically re-enrolled in the new school, which will also stay in line with Sheepshead Bay High School’s current programming of five Career and Technical Education programs and special education services.
    The turnaround model means a dismissal of all of its teachers, who are then invited to reapply and interview for their jobs. The new administration is permitted to rehire up to 50 percent of the old teachers.
    WHAT CHANGED NOTHING. READ IT AGAIN.

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      The name changed. Also, $1.55 million is change.

      • Mara

        My daughter Graduate in 2000 from Sheepshead.  Graduated from NYU. I worked the system I know. Lets just say. You have good teachers and Bad ones. You have good students and bad ones. You have good parents and bad ones. Something is still missing. Oh and did I mention What they should really do is transfer all the principals from one school to another. They have gotten to comfortable in their school. I rest my case.

  • Sue

    What a shame!  Ruined a perfectly wonderful school!!!!

  • Peppetree5706

    Government is a lousy teacher. All schools should be private and families should get vouchers to pay for quality private schooling. How much is spent per student for education at Sheepshead? I would guess, about $9000. That money would buy a lot of private education. Too bad teachers’ unions top priority is to care about their members and not about the education of students. 

    • Ed

      nonsense    try doing the job      

  • Anonymous

    hell, I’m sure that who ever lives around that school will be happy.

  • guest

    The economy sucks and many of you seem to be happy that people who are trying to make a living so they can afford to put food on their plates at the bare minimum will now have the difficult task of finding work out there. There is no work. I know people who have been unemployed for nearly 2 years now. All this so the greedy mayor can get his hands on a nice chunk of change which he will probably redirect to other agencies.

    • Anonymous

      The city isn’t in the business of providing jobs.It hires people to provide a service,to the citizens. If the employees can’t do the job,they should be fired.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like change for the sake of change. They are saying it was the teachers fault,that the kids there don’t learn? I’m sure there are a lot of bad teachers,so why not just weed them out.And how does changing the name of the school ,and dividing it up,make the students any smarter?

  • Maribel P

    The DOE is the real problem the school has always faced. The DOE should take credit for placing any NYC student who just entered the country, and students graduating out of private institutions, and students out of prison into SBHS. These students do not have middle school scores and ultiimately score low on State Exams or have none to account for. Every year, the DOE raises the bar for State Level exams after the exams have already been taken. The DOE and the District are the real problem. District 22 is now a DINI district. A district in NEED of IMPROVEMENT. The Sheepshead Bay community has one of the worst districts. Such a shame when you have such gifted children, and children who want to learn, as well as children in need. Eagle programs have been taken away from schools, music programs, and countless others, forcing the parents to make better choices for their children by moving away to other neighborhoods, or paying a private institution (sometimes the curriculum standards are less than a NYC Public School). So there are many elements affecting the issue. Do not fix the blame on the kids, parents, teachers, or principal alone, when you know that the DOE is a benefactor for this unscrupulous plan. SBHS is a great school with a great name. Larry David (Comedian), Michael Isaacson (Composer), and other greats attended this school. Students are receiving scholarships to top state colleges, including Ivy League schools. Teachers, and students are receiving awards in Science, and Scholar excellence, as well as in sports. The Sheepshead Bay community will lose their identity when the high school name changes to a “The Day After”.

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  • Guest

    All I can say is, if parents don’t stress the importance of their child’s education, why blame the child?
    I bet a large majority of these kids parents don’t give a crap. Education is an effort from home AND  school. I see how parents do not come to  PTA Meetings and Public Meetings concerning important issues. On the other side we are ruled under a dictatorship who bought his third term. They are grasping at straws talking about education reform. NYC Govt doesn’t care about the child. All kids should be going to their zoned school, period. Once that changed, it made things worse.  It is all about politics and money!  It is not working Bloomberg. The closure plague is slowly covering South Brooklyn. First Lafayette, then Grady, Dewey, FDR, Sheepshead.   New Utrecht will be next, then Fort Hamilton, then Madison Midwood, Murrow….

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  • Miss G

    Maybe instead of closing the school they should have hired new faculty starting with the parent coordinator Sally shipone. Two words, drug test

  • mrs. mom

    its funny how they hire trash such as salvatrice shipone to be around our children. how could she teach them morals and values when the women has none. they need to hire a parent coordinator that is educated and has class.

  • Littlequeenie1

    This is very sad–wonder if other former alum know about this–bye bye Sheepshead High.

    Little Queenie, SBHS Alum Class of ’73

  • Littlequeenie1

    This is very sad–wonder if other former alum know about this–bye bye Sheepshead High.

    Little Queenie, SBHS Alum Class of ’73

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